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Rep. Borton fighting for worker choice, lower costs for Michigan taxpayers
RELEASE|March 9, 2023
Contact: Ken Borton

State Rep. Ken Borton today voted to protect the rights of Michigan workers by standing against the repeal of Michigan’s Right to Work law.

House Bills 4004-05, which Lansing Democrats pushed through the House this evening, take away the rights of Michigan workers to decide on their own whether they want to join a union.

“I am not anti-union, I’m pro-worker choice,” said Borton, of Gaylord. “When workers see value in a union, they will want to join. But no Michigander should be forced to join a union and pay union dues just so they can find employment in a certain industry.”

Borton also voted against re-enacting Michigan’s expensive, anti-competition prevailing wage requirement, noting that it adds to taxpayer costs.

“Restoring prevailing wage requirements is a blatant ploy by Democrats to pay back their large union benefactors at the expense of Michigan taxpayers,” Borton said. “The requirements contained in this bill are nothing more than an attempt to give union contractors an unfair advantage over other bidders that would offer the same service at a lower cost to taxpayers.”

The right-to-work repeal legislation is contained within House Bills 4004-05 and the prevailing wage requirement is contained within HB 4007. Both proposals now advance to the Senate for further consideration.


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